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Grateful Dead Live at Denver Coliseum on 1973-11-21

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Grateful Dead Live at Denver Coliseum on 1973-11-21

Set 1

Me And My Uncle
Jack Straw
Dire Wolf
Black Throated Wind
Big Railroad Blues
Mexican Hat Dance Tuning
Mexicali Blues
They Love Each Other
Looks Like Rain
Here Comes Sunshine
Big River
Brokedown Palace
Weather Report Suite Prelude ->
Weather Report Suite Part ->
Let It Grow

Set 2

Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo ->
Playing In The Band ->
El Paso ->
Playing In The Band ->
Wharf Rat Jam ->
Dark Star Jam ->
Wharf Rat ->
Playing In The Band ->
Morning Dew
Truckin' ->
Nobody's Fault But Mine ->
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad ->
One More Saturday Night

Uncle John's Band

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Denver Coliseum
Location Denver, CO

Source SBD -> Master Reel -> Cassette -> Dat -> CD
Lineage CD -> Cool Edit Pro v2.0 -> Samplitude Professional v9.12 -> FLAC
Transferred by Charlie Miller


Patch Info:
Sony Stereo Mic -> Master Cassette -> CD (shnid=22096) supplies:
Me And My Uncle (0:17 - 0:19)
Dire Wolf (3:11 - 3:13)
They Love Each Other (2:29 - 2:50)
Let It Grow (2:33 - 2:58)
Playing In The Band d2t08 (2:34 - 2:54)
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad (4:40 - 5:05)

-- All disc changes are seamless
-- Fixed swapped channels on shnid=88612
-- Cleaned up a lot of flaws, noises, etc.
-- This source does not have some of the cuts on other sources
-- Pitch corrected with Cool Edit Pro (-2.7%)
-- Thanks to Joe B. Jones and Rob Bertrando for their help
-- Mexican Hat Dance Tuning after Big Railroad Blues
-- Dark Star Jam contains Wharf Rat tease


Reviewer: Niass200 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 28, 2016
Subject: Liked it very muchand a lot.
How do I get there from here?
Reviewer: DustTizzle - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 22, 2015
Subject: One of my favorite eras of Dead - Late Fall 1973
Absolutely love Late Fall 73... Spacey Jazzy and full of Psychedelia
Reviewer: He'llKeepOnDiggingForAThousandYears - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 21, 2013
Subject: Happy 40th Anniversary to a Stellar Show
I caught the PITB>EL Paso>PITB> Wharf rat section of this show on the Grateful Dead XM radio channel on my way to work this morning and was absolutely blown away. I came immediately here in search of the full show. What a thrill to experience this fantastic show on its 40th anniversary. This show overall is a real gem. The first set is, IMHO slightly above average for a 73 show but the second set is incredible. I’ll hit my personal highlights:

Set One opens with Me & My Uncle, which I find to be an awkward (albeit rare) opener. It doesn’t really have anything to do with performance quality, but more likely that I’m so used to hearing it later in the first set. This one seems to fit nicely though and IMHO feels like far less of an “abrupt” start than the 11/17 UCLA show. Maybe it’s because the narrator is addressing a hometown crowd in the Mile High City. Who knows? Sugaree features some solid Jerry soloing and some very emotive vocals on the last few “Shake it, shake it, Sugaree”s with the whole band following suit in pleading intensity. Jack Straw is dripping with the lighthearted, sun-drenched glow it consistently embodied through the early 70’s, Jerry’s guitar taking that familiar weightless, soaring tone. Dire Wolf has a grooving syncopated jazz swing to it, Keith bringing a lot to the table rhythmically. HC Sunshine is tasty as always, Phil really delivering the goods, his bottom-end melodies weaving through Garcia’s like an intricate, collaborative tapestry. Brokedown Palace, which has started reappearing back in late October, Hunter’s words shining over the crowd aloft on the band’s collective sunbeams. And then we come to the real crown jewel of the first set, WRS. I’m a huge fan of this tune and this one rounds out the set nicely, sweeping us away . The boys are off to an amazing start.

Set Two starts off with another new tune off Wake of the Flood (released about a month prior) Mississippi Half Step. This song is still wet behind the ears, mostly lacking the passion “Across the Rio-Grande-eo” would gain in later years, but it’s already well on its way to growing into the awe-inspiring juggernaut it would become. The ending jam feels a little cut off but when the band heads into PITB, all is forgiven. Little does anyone know at this point that we are embarking on a full on PITB-fueled excursion that will launch us through space and time. He race through the desert on horseback in search of love in the Old West, sit by a dock to hear the heartbreaking past and hopeful future of an old blind man, and finally wait restlessly in a nuclear fall-out shelter and dream of the world outside. Whirlwind segments of stunning psychedelic improvisation usher us from place to place, oozing with 73 jazziness and at some moments and surging with Dark Star-esque energy. (Note: IMHO The track labeled here as “Dark Star Jam” would probably be better titled something else, or just added to the beginning of Wharf Rat. While the jam shares a lot of characteristics with Dark Star, it sounds to me like the band is jamming on the Wharf Rat chord progression. 73 is just so damn wonderfully jazzy that almost any spaced out jam is going to take on a Dark Star “feel”) By the end of Morning Dew, this would truly be enough…if the show ended there not a soul in attendance could say that they went home “hungry.” But, true to 73 form, there are more roads to be traveled. Starting off with a rollicking Truckin’, the latter part of the second set races headfirst in the Rock N Roll direction. The Truckin’ is pretty standard for the era which, IMHO means it’s an excellent one from an overall career perspective. 73 was definitely a hot year for Truckin. It segues into another favorite of mine, Nobody’s Fault But Mine. It’s short but sweet, Phil soon calling up a rollicking GDTRFB. You never need a calendar to spot a Saturday Grateful Dead show. This version of One More Saturday Night is well above average, probably due at least in part was the transition from GDTRFB. All that momentum had to go somewhere.

Who doesn’t love an UJB encore? I can’t think of a better song to serve as benediction to the experience that was a Grateful Dead concert, soothing a soothing chorus singing verses of sage advice and sending you gently back out into the world. Come here to the riverside…as always, the boys have some things to talk about.

Some wonderful, wonderful things.
Reviewer: GermanShepherd - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 13, 2013
Subject: Combine the jams!
If this had all been one track, it could have gone down as the longest introduction to a Wharf Rat. Unfortunately it was decided to be named Dark Star jam. In my opinion, Wharf Rat starts at the end of the first Playin'. In case you couldn't tell, I'm a fan of Wharf Rat.
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 20, 2012
Subject: --
Nice to see there is a copy or two of this show available, but don't look a gift horse, etc. Much as I'm not a fan of Road Trips, the official release *does* sound magnificent...

Now, as for the show - it's solid gold. The dynamic between Jerry and Keith is to treasure - every song in the first set has just a *little* extra going for it - just check out the boogaloo of Mexicali, They Love Each Other so carefree, and Bobby's 'Rain' followed so cheekily by Jer's 'Sunshine'.

Two major movements make up the second set - for me, the juice is the Playin' Reprise - they, like many others in this fall run, take a long time to wrap up the Main Ten and, in this case, extend their jam waaaaaaaay out there - Phil is just out of control tonight.

By the time they rev up Truckin', we're honestly exhausted, but willing to take on more - this show was a worthy selection for official release.
Reviewer: Lucy leave 896 - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 27, 2012
Subject: Sunflower man
Did the sunflower man do support at this gig?
Reviewer: lp357 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 27, 2012
Subject: 73 for me!
never met a 73 show i didnt like,they may not have been quite as energetic this night,but in 73 they could do no wrong! I always felt this was kieths at his best. Laid back space jams with beutiful transition. Ionly attended a dozen show this year, I wish i had attended them all

4&1/2 stars
Reviewer: DMT - favoritefavorite - March 29, 2012
Subject: thanks for the listen
now I know not to purchase it
Reviewer: cb18201 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 29, 2012
Subject: .
this show is easily one of the best of 73. 12/18/73 is pretty dam good too. Theres a real clean copy on here.
Reviewer: dedhed1959 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 30, 2011
Subject: LMAO!!!
get a life......seriously.
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 21, 2011
Subject: Typical '73 good show,
and a great recording which the lack of labels and track numbers makes impossible to keep track of in one's library as streams. Still, that's probably why it hasn't been taken offline yet even though it's been (partially) published. A nice listen. Not a show I'd buy.
Reviewer: ctskins17 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 3, 2011
Subject: 1973-11-21
God Bless The Grateful Dead.God Bless The Archive.God Bless Charlie Miller
Reviewer: ecolombi - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 9, 2010
Subject: great show!
This a great show! Does anyone know how I can get this on a c.d.?
Reviewer: CHARLIEPHOGG - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 15, 2010
Subject: Excellent Medley
and entire show for that matter! A must have show. (well said Dylan)
Reviewer: Dylan M - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 14, 2010
Up There with the best of the early 70s powerhouse jam segue masterpieces.

Half-Step>Playin'>El Paso>Playin' Jam>DS Jam>Wharf Rat>Playin'>Morning Dew

Who wants to tell me that is not extraordinary? This is one of the top five shows of 1973, along with Watkins Glen Soundcheck, Winterland November 11th and yadayayyada.

Just listen to Keith and Jerry toy around in the playing in the band jam, or Phil bounce in between the spaces of Dark Star. This is the jazziest the band ever got, and the tightest!


5 star transfer by Charlie Miller
5 star classic performance by the G-Dead

you need it!
Reviewer: Sh3rman420 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 6, 2010
Subject: Denver All day
Great Show overall just focus on Jerry and Bill and let Phil,Weir and Keith sneak up on you and you won't be disapointed
Reviewer: sugareesalibi - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 1, 2009
Subject: Holy Sunshine, Batman!!!!
This has got to be my favorite Here Comes Sunshine. I've listened to many, many versions of this song and this one has just got an unbeatable groove. In fact, there are parts of the song that remind me of that amazing groove the boys would come into a few years later during their 77/78 tours.

The rest of the show is worth it's weight in gold, for sure. But this Sunshine is something altogether incomprehensible.

Enjoy this wonderful performance. This band has changed my life.
Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 22, 2009
Subject: Don't Know What To Say
Every song is great.
Reviewer: barongsong - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 1, 2009
Subject: vocal bliss
While the harmonies may not be as perfect as 70, vocally this has got to be one of the best shows I've heard. 1st set is amazing and the small audience patches are very well spliced in. Highlights for me in this listening of the first set were:Jack Straw and everything after Looks Like Rain.
Second set is no slouch either continuing the vocal integrity with Miss half step which launches into a night as uniquely unparalleled as the any of the best out there.
5 stars for sound and cut splicing 5 stars for show. This IS 73 mindblowing perfection done right.
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